Gun Show Loophole Bill Back Before Committee

RICHMOND, Va. — Legislation to close Virginia’s so-called “gun show loophole” awaits action by a Virginia Senate committee.

The bill is back on the agenda of the Courts of Justice Committee, which meets Wednesday afternoon. Last week, the panel voted 8-6 to endorse the legislation but then reconsidered about an hour later and put the measure back on the docket.

Under current law, only licensed firearms dealers have to conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows. Attempts to extend that requirement to private sellers have failed several times in recent years.

A revised version of the proposal would allow only licensed dealers to sell firearms at gun shows. Private sellers would be allowed to put guns on consignment with dealers.

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